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Politics and the Middle East


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Assessment: a 1000-word seminar report (25%) and 3000-word examination (75%)

Module description

This module provides an introduction to the contemporary political evolution of the Middle East, with a particular focus on inter-state relations, at both a regional and international level.

It aims to:

  • develop a broad understanding of how the contemporary Middle East has evolved since 1918
  • identify and examine the key issues dominating politics in the region, including great powers’ relations with the region and its peoples
  • put the politics of the Middle East in the broader perspective of comparative political science
  • place the politics of the region within the wider comparative perspective of the developing world, highlighting similarities and differences.

Learning objectives

By the end of the module, you should have:

  • gained knowledge of the evolution of Middle Eastern polities and societies, as well as external powers’ interactions with them
  • developed detailed knowledge of key concepts and texts used in the analysis of the region
  • relevant historical and contextual knowledge, including on the international relations of the region.